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Full text of "Authority and the individual"


too little. At least we feel too little of those creative
emotions from which a good life springs. In regard to
what is important we are passive; where we are active
it is over trivialities. If life is to be saved from bore-
dom relieved only by disaster, means must be found
of restoring individual initiative, not only in things
that are trivial, but in the things that really matter.
I do not mean that we should destroy those parts of
modern organization upon which the very existence
of large populations depends, but I do mean that
organization should be much more flexible, more
relieved by local autonomy, and less oppressive to
the human spirit through its impersonal vastness,
than it has become through its unbearably rapid
growth and centralization, with which our ways of
thought and feeling have been unable to keep pace.